Right that Zuma foots le­gal bill

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

The wheels of jus­tice can grind at a snail’s pace es­pe­cially where the rich, who when the odds are stacked against them, use their pow­er­ful re­sources to de­lay jus­tice.

This has been a case in point with for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma who has been in and out of courts dur­ing his pres­i­dency to avoid fac­ing the law with tax­pay­ers fork­ing out mil­lions of rands to cover his var­i­ous le­gal bills.

This week, the road came to an end in his case to re­view for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s state cap­ture re­port when the Pre­to­ria high court or­dered he must per­son­ally pay le­gal costs.

Zuma be­ing told to pay up boosts our con­fi­dence that no one is above the law. It’s a les­son for politi­cians that there are no bot­tom­less state cof­fers to fight use­less cases.

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